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Saturday, October 8, 2005 - 6:12amSanction this postReply
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Thanks, Bob. We are selling this at Barnes and Noble, just want to add that this is a very big book. A very heavy book. Very heavy. When you people buy this, remember the average skinny, untanned bespectacled bookstore gent or lass who has to lug these around for your benefit. They are used to light, gentle objects. No one told them they'd be lugging rocks at a quarry.






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Saturday, October 8, 2005 - 7:24amSanction this postReply
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Both Bill Watterson and Gary Larson of The Far Side were geniuses. This book is probably eminently worth reading. I read a previous one by Watterson and it was very informative and generally terrific.
 
And it isn't necessarily tragic that these two are well short of retirement age but no longer draw. Like shooting stars they had their moment, and now they're evidently burnt out. But they both left behind a rich corpus.
 
Another comic book genius is R. Crumb -- and his current book The R. Crumb Handbook is a kind of autobiography that was solidly worth the 25 bucks.




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Saturday, October 8, 2005 - 10:33amSanction this postReply
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They are used to light, gentle objects
You've obviously never been out on a date with me.  ;-)




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Saturday, October 8, 2005 - 11:58amSanction this postReply
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I should warn you all that this is more than a mere 25 bucks, more like $150. Steep!



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Saturday, October 8, 2005 - 12:56pmSanction this postReply
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$94.50 on amazon.



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Saturday, October 8, 2005 - 1:11pmSanction this postReply
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That's less than B and N's sale price instore of 120.



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Saturday, October 8, 2005 - 2:00pmSanction this postReply
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You can read a "new" Calvin and Hobbes every day at http://www.ucomics.com/calvinandhobbes/. You can also read the previous 30 days worth of strips.



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Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 9:31pmSanction this postReply
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For you, Bob:






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Tuesday, November 8, 2005 - 9:12amSanction this postReply
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John Calvin and Thomas Hobbes co-wrote a book on their philosophical views? Fantastic -- they're two of my favorites!  :-)

REB




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Monday, December 19, 2005 - 9:04pmSanction this postReply
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Amazon gave me $112.50, but Powells offered them for $105.
Calvin and Hobbes are my ultimate, all-time favorite comic-- loved them ever since discovering them back when I was a teen. The Far Side came a close second.



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Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 1:56amSanction this postReply
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Yes - no question those two are the greatest of comics.



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Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 5:40amSanction this postReply
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Though I always enjoyed the excellent artwork of Calvin and Hobbes, on the whole I disliked the strip--precisely for the values expressed and for what, to an Objectivist, can only be regarded as low intellectual standards. I also thought it repetitive and not very funny, and Calvin's fantasy life sad.

But The Far Side is one of my favorites. I am just now looking at a Far Side panel that appears in a sociology book I am editing. These primitive tribesmen are inside a hut, and one of them sees through a window-opening a couple of modern, civilized men with notebooks landing ashore in a rowboat. "Anthropologists! Anthropologists!" he cries, as the others scramble to hide their telephones, lamps, TVs, and VCRs.




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Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 7:24amSanction this postReply
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Yeah - shades of Margeret Mead.



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Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 8:05amSanction this postReply
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You are spot on, Robert: the caption in the text is: "This cartoon illustrates the [researcher's] problem of reactivity. People may change their behaviours in response to the presence of a researcher."

Not that sociology is a valid science.




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Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 10:18pmSanction this postReply
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Yeah, score another one for The Far Side. Did you see the one entitled "Saturday Night at the Crypt," with the Mummy onstage and the audience shouting, "Unravel, unravel"! Larsen was a true innovator.

Is anyone here aware that Steve Ditko (co-creator of Spider-Man) seems to have been Rand inspired, at least in some of his later works. I have a copy of one of his comic books--a quality paperback, entitled STATIC, in which he writes, "Business, industry are the providers of mankind's, life's survival needs," and then characterizes the anti-capitalists as spouting a bunch of naysaying bromides, as they reply:
"No! No! The opposite! They despoil, pollute nature! Gulp! Poison consumers! Enslave workers! Commercials corrupt the innocent...weak willed... Cause dog-eat-dog competition...Pander to the selfish! Create show off superiority, possession superiority. Disrupt life with ever changing products. Too many selections, choices, decisions...insult little people. Life was better before canned goods, frozen dinners and gas guzzlers.
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- Bill




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Saturday, February 18, 2006 - 11:22pmSanction this postReply
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    Gary Larson's The Far Side and Bill Watterson's Calvin & Hobbes...best 'cartoon/comics' that ever existed. (I gotta give an extra point to Gary, though)
 
     They both should have been officially 'editorial cartoonists' ! (In their own way, they really were...just not appreciated as such) --- But, if they were, they'd be smart to quit nowadays; man, what they could 'metaphorically' comment upon re present-day nutsos...in their own ways!

LLAP
J:D




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